Michigan Supreme Court Rules You Can Get A DUI In Your Private Driveway
After three years of appeals, the Supreme Court finally issued a ruling on The People of the State of Michigan v Gino Robert Rea, a man who was arrested in his driveway for drunk driving.
A ruling last night by the Michigan Supreme Court found Gino Rea guilty of drunk driving after being arrested in his own driveway in 2014. The court found that you are not safe from impaired driving laws when in your driveway on private property.
We hold that defendant’s driveway is an area “generally accessible to motor vehicles” for purposes of MCL 257.625(1). Because defendant allegedly operated a motor vehicle in his driveway while intoxicated, the prosecution established probable cause that defendant violated MCL 257.625. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals, vacate the trial court’s dismissal of the case, and remand to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Gino Robert Rea was found drunk in his car, driving in and out of his garage, by an officer who was responding to a noise complaint.
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